Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the proposed cost of the pool project?
After completing preliminary engineering, the cost is $3.92M. This is the value approved by the Council to send to a bond vote in August 2018.
How many years will it take to pay off the bond?
The Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond would be a 20-year bond.
What would the additional property tax increase be?
If funded solely by Winooski taxpayers, the impact of this project could be up to a $0.082 increase in property taxes (an estimated $185.49 annual increase on a $225,000 home).
What is the estimated cost of operation for the new pool for a year?
The City estimates that it would cost approximately $83,000 to operate in the first year of operations.
How many months of the year will the pool be open?
Historically, the Pool has been open from the end of June through August.
How much gross income will be produced by the pool?
The City is modeling that the gross income annually would be $12,500.
On April 28th, 2016, the Community Services Department issued a detailed press release with an update on closing the Myers Memorial Pool. Click here to read the press release.
The City of Winooski chartered the ad hoc Winooski Pool Feasibility and Design Project Committee, whose goal was to assist in the selection of a vendor to complete a thorough Pool Replacement Feasibility and Scoping Study.
The Committee assisted with community outreach and data gathering (surveys, focus groups, community meetings, etc.) needed to support the selected vendor in establishing community interest and updated goals of a municipal pool facility. The Project Team worked closely with the Community Services Commission, the selected vendor, and City staff in proposing a replacement design and plan that:
- meets the previously identified community needs and goals;
- is operationally sustainable over time; and
- is based on a reasonable funding plan (both initial investment long-term term costs).
After receiving the final report from the Pool Feasibility and Conceptual Design study, Winooski City Council voted on 11/6/17 to allocate funds to support moving the project to “preliminary engineering”, which represents a deeper dive into design, planning, and ultimately a more accurate cost estimate. The engineering firm Weston and Sampson was selected to conduct this work, and the City has been actively engaged with them since December on a timeline that has a target for a final Preliminary Engineering report being delivered in March 2018.
Deliverables to date include:
- Working Draft architectural drawings for the updated Pool House
- Draft aquatics programming including pools, spray features, and a water slide
On January 24, 2018, Weston and Sampson provided an update to the Community Services Commission.
On March 19, 2018, Winooski City Council received a presentation of the Draft Final Preliminary Engineering Report from Weston and Sampson (including illustrative, architectural, and schematic drawings) during their regular meeting.
Over the months of March, April, and May 2018 Winooski City Council discussed the results of a Preliminary Engineering study for a replacement design for the Myers Memorial Pool, including analysis at their May 21, 2018 meeting of several different budget options for the project. Click here to view those three primary options.
On May 22, 2018, Winooski City Council received a memo in response to several questions that they had posed to staff regarding the Preliminary Engineering report and subsequent budget modeling that had been discussed at their April 2, 2018 meeting. Materials provided to Council included a memo and budget model (click to view).
On June 18th, 2018, Winooski City Council approved the warning and public hearing notice for the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project bond vote to be held in conjunction with the August 14th, 2018 primary election.
On July 6th, 2018, the City of Winooski published a press release regarding Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote to take place in conjunction with the Vermont State Primary Election on August 14th, 2018.
On July 25th, Winooski Community Services Commission hosted the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Bond Vote Informational Q & A.
On Monday, 8/6/18, Winooski City Council held the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Public Hearing. Watch the CCTV recording of this meeting here.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, the City of Winooski published the unofficial 2018 Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote results:
Total Votes: 1330 / Total Yes: 763 / Total No: 554 / Blank: 12 / Void: 1
On August 20, 2018, Winooski City Council held their regular meeting and discussed the bond vote results and next steps for the project. Read the minutes or watch the recorded CCTV video from this meeting.
Questions regarding the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote can be sent to:
Jessie Baker, City Manager: 802 655 6410 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Coffey, Community Services Director: 802 655 6410 / email@example.com